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By Perry L. Novak Special to The News HOMER – It is said that hope springs eternal. For Allegany-Limestone’s girls soccer team it was more like Spring makes hope eternal. Sunday afternoon saw Alyssa Spring score a hat trick to lead the Gators to their first outright state title. The sophomore tied the game in the first half with an unassisted goal then sandwich…

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By Perry L. Novak Special to The News HOMER – Allegany-Limestone began the 2017 girls soccer season by winning the New York State Sportswriters and Coaches Organization for Girls Sports State Girls Soccer Hall of Fame Tournament in comeback fashion. Coach Dale MacArthur’s Gators began the state’s final four with a similar rally Saturday night at Homer High School…

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Clarence makes its way to Cortland for a fourth straight final four appearance, where its season has ended the last three years to teams that have went on to win state titles. Awaiting at SUNY Cortland at 5:30 p.m. Saturday is a familiar foe in Section VIII’s Massapequa, which beat the Red Devils in 2014 (1-0) and 2015 (2-0). Massapequa was on the other side of the brack…

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From players to coaches, Lackawanna has been bold in making predictions for this season. The Steelers mission has been to make a state tournament run and ultimately win a title. The Section VI champions are still on track to do so but it took tying Saturday’s Class B Far West Regional with just four minutes left in regulation and then scoring the game-winner with 22 s…

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Clarence girls soccer coach Dave Stephan had a state chairperson ask him if he thought his team could get back to the state semifinals for a fourth straight year. The Red Devils lost seven starters from last season. A lot of roles needed to be filled and a lot of roles needed to change on a team that had experienced so much success. “And I said, ‘If I get to stat…

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By Tom Dinki Special to The News DUNKIRK – While revenge isn’t much of a motivating factor for Dale MacArthur, the Allegany-Limestone girls soccer head coach admitted his players have discussed two goals since preseason: win the Class C title and beat Maple Grove. The No. 3 Gators accomplished both of those goals Saturday, as they claimed a 3-0 victory in the Se…

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By Melissa Brawdy Special to The News Lafayette entered this year’s playoffs stripped of their league wins, down several players, and reclassified due to an illegal merger situation. Lafayette came away from Sweet Home High School on Friday night with a Section VI Class D Championship after a 7-2 win over Pine Valley. “We were down a lot of players, obviously,…

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Here's a roundup of available video highlights from Week Eight of the high school football season, the first week of the postseason in Section VI. Have a game recap posted somewhere other than Hudl? Send a message on Twitter or email cdesiderio@buffnews.com. http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/22/news-football-polls-week-eight/ Monsignor Martin Canisius 38, St. F…

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Week Three of the high school football season pretty much had it all. There were upsets, a school-record scoring output and game-winning drives, including one capped off by a Hail Mary. But what's the use of telling you when we can show you? Below is a roundup of available video highlights from Week Three. Have a game recap posted somewhere other than Hudl? Send a me…

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Allegany-Limestone Gators (3-6) Coach: Paul Furlong, eighth season Home field: Fred Grace Field Program founded: 1952 Outlook: The Gators are going all in on a new spread offense that could make a big difference - either positively or negatively - in their quest to break .500 for the first time since 2012. Senior RB/LB Jake Lippert was a starter at both positio…

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The reporting continues trickling in. And, the news isn't good. School district by school district across Western New York is discovering varying amounts of lead in their water. At one water fountain in a Fredonia classroom, for instance, a sample showed that there was 2,850 parts per billion of lead. That's nearly 200 times the state's threshold for lead in water…